Instead of the phrase 'put an egg on it' we should change it to 'put an avocado on it' — it definitely has a good ring to it and we try to eat avocados every chance we get. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack, every time is the perfect time to have an avocado.
If you’re as much of an avocado lover as we are then you’ll want to know about these amazing avocado hacks. We have hacks from everything on how to find out if an avocado is ripe to the best way to store guacamole for days.
How To Tell If An Avocado Is Ripe
The number one problem for avocado lovers is that it's hard to tell whether an avocado is ripe. We can give them good squeeze at the supermarket, but there is always the possibility of it being too brown on the inside when you open it. The perfect way to tell if an avocado is ripe is by pulling back the stem. If you pull back the stem and it shows a yellowish tint underneath, then you’ve picked the perfect avocado.
Enjoy Avocados All Week Long
It may be very tempting (and cheaper to buy the bag of five or six ripe avocados) but unless you're going to chow them down in one sitting then that's not the way to go. If you’re looking for an avo-filled week, you'll have to look for avocados with different ripeness levels. Buy a ripe avocado to have for lunch tomorrow and the next day (throw the second one in the fridge) then find a few rock hard green avocados that can sit on your counter and get ripe over days, so you'll have avocados for the end of the week.
Use A Spoon To Get The Pit Out
Typically chefs cut the avocado horizontally and then use a knife to get the pit out. If you’re not that savvy with a knife then the best way to get the pit out is to either squeeze the avocado gently and the pit will come right out; or use a spoon to get it out. This way you’ll walk away with all of your fingers.
You Want To Eat An Avocado But You Don't Have A Ripe One
If your avocados are a few days away from being ripe, but you need it to complete the perfect BLT sandwich, we have the perfect hack for you. Bake your avocado for 10 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Add a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lime and it’s ready for the taking.
Paper Bag Method
We’ve all heard of the paper bag method—if your avocado isn’t ripe enough put it in a paper bag on your counter top to get ripe. This method works perfectly; if you want to speed up the process add an apple or banana in with the avocado. The fruits emit ethylene gas, a compound that will ripen the avocado faster.
Storing Avocados With An Onion
If you have a half of an avocado that you want to save for the next day put it in an air tight container with a half of an onion. This will slow down the ripening process.
Replace Butter With Avocados
Just replace half the butter in your baked good recipe for avocado. (While it may be tempting to omit the butter, you'll have a flat baked good which no one wants). Adding avocados in place of half the butter makes your brownies, cookies, and cakes moist, chewy, and low calorie.
Leave The Pit In Your Guacamole When You Store It
Whenever you make guacamole, avocado dips, or avo-mashes leave the pit in the center of the dip when you are ready to store it. It slows down the browning of the dip.